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Last pieces of steel spire to be added to One World Trade Center

29 April 2013 No Comment

The remaining two sections of One World Trade Center are to be put in place today (29 April), making it the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere, amny.com reports.

Construction crews are expected to raise the final sections of the building’s 408-foot stainless steel spire, which, according to officials, will see the structure reach 1,776 feet when in place. The spire comprises eight sections in total and was created from pieces deriving from Canada and New Jersey. It is said to weigh in the region of 800 tonnes.

Soon to become tallest building in the Western World

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The 104-storey building has already been named the tallest in New York City, however when the spire has been affixed, it can claim that title across the entire Western world. It still falls somewhat short of the world’s tallest skyscraper, which is situated in Dubai and stands over 2,700 feet tall.

Port Authorities told calgaryherald.com that a aircraft-warning steel beacon will be lifted into place at a later date to complete the skyscraper design. The spire in its entirety will serve as a tv and radio antenna.

Freedom Tower to be open to the public next year

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With observation decks providing stunning vistas of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, it is hoped that some 3.8 million visitors will be attracted to the tower, site, raising around $875 million in annual revenue.

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1 World Trade Center is due to open to the public next year, while the rest of the site continues to undergo reconstruction, including the creation of the 72-storey 4 World Trade Center.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 29 April 2013

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